Ever Reducing Democracy? A Comparative View of the Legislative Events Surrounding the Introduction of New-style Academies in 2010 and Grant-maintained Schools in 1988

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 52 Number 3 (2010)

Ever Reducing Democracy? A Comparative View of the Legislative Events Surrounding the Introduction of New-style Academies in 2010 and Grant-maintained Schools in 1988
ROZ STEVENS, pages 317-336
DOI: 10.2304/forum.2010.52.3.317

Abstract

In terms of reform of domestic policy, the Conservative election campaign of 2010 was predicated on the idea of citizen (or consumer) power and a reduction in the role of the government in decisions effecting people's lives. The Academies Act appears to be taking this idea in the opposite direction. In comparing and contrasting the provisions of the Education Reform Act (ERA) 1988 concerning grant-maintained schools with the Academies Act's introduction of new style academies in 2010, this article traces the growing disconnection between constitutional and democratic values and notions of how Parliament should scrutinise legislation and how schools should be held accountable by their local communities.

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ROZ STEVENS (2010) Ever Reducing Democracy? A Comparative View of the Legislative Events Surrounding the Introduction of New-style Academies in 2010 and Grant-maintained Schools in 1988, FORUM, 52(3), 317-336. https://doi.org/10.2304/forum.2010.52.3.317

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